TU to host Third Annual Service-Learning and Civic Engagement Conference
TOWSON, Md. (March 12, 2010)—TU is partnering with the Baltimore Collegetown Network, the Maryland Campus Compact and the Shriver Center at UMBC to present the Third Annual Service-Learning and Civic Engagement Conference on Saturday, April 10, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., at the University Union.
“The purpose of the conference,” says Darcy Accardi, TU director of civic engagement, “is for students, faculty and staff throughout Maryland to share successful strategies for community service, service-learning and civic engagement.”
Maryland Congressman Elijah Cummings will deliver a keynote address on the importance of service and civic engagement and the role colleges and universities have to play in this vital work.
Along with three break-out sessions, the conference will include a Community Partners Fair and a topical service-learning discussion on homelessness. The fair will highlight nonprofit organizations from across the state, exemplary service projects from Maryland colleges and universities, and post-graduation options for students with a passion for service.
The discussion on homelessness will help build connections across disciplines, colleges, universities and organizations. “It will allow service learning facilitators and partners to share ideas and contact information for future service-learning collaborations on particular community issues, specifically homelessness and related urban issues,” says Accardi.